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A Little-Known Lake Monster

Posted by: Nick Redfern on July 24th, 2012

Lindsay Selby takes a look at the noteworthy saga of the “water cow” of Scotland’s St. Mary’s Loch. She begins in scene-setting style:

“James Hogg (1770 – 1835) wrote in the ‘The Ettrick Shepherd’ about a water cow that lived in St Mary’s Loch. The Loch was created during the ice age and is the largest loch in the Borders area. According to local legend it is thought to be bottomless. It is situated on the A708 road between Selkirk and Moffat, and is approximately 3 miles (5 kilometres) long and half a mile (1 kilometre) wide. The Loch rarely freezes over and may be the coldest loch in Scotland. (NB the loch is unlikely to be bottomless and it was reported to be 150 feet ( 50 meters) deep by some people).”

But, what about the beast of those waters? Read on…

Nick Redfern About Nick Redfern
Punk music fan, Tennents Super and Carlsberg Special Brew beer fan, horror film fan, chocolate fan, like to wear black clothes, like to stay up late. Work as a writer.


One Response to “A Little-Known Lake Monster”

  1. Kenneth Joholske via Facebook responds:

    There is another loch just north of Ness that houses a creature as well. Gives some credence that these creatures can traverse over land, or maybe at one time did. Nice posting.



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